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Royal Recipe: Here is the pancake recipe Queen Elizabeth shared with President Eisenhower in 1960

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The recipe for drop scones, which are thicker than American pancakes, has been uploaded to Reddit by royal fans

LONDON, UK: A pancake recipe originally included by Queen Elizabeth II in a letter to former US President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1960 after a meeting at Balmoral Castle has been uploaded to Reddit by royal fans. The recipe for drop scones, which are thicker than American pancakes, was given to Eisenhower three years after the Queen first met the former President at a State Dinner at the White House in 1957, when she was 31.

The letter to Eisenhower read: “When I saw a picture of you grilling and grilling quail in front of a grill in today’s paper, I remembered that I had never sent you the recipe for the drop scones that I had promised you at Balmoral. I hasten to do so now, and I hope you will find them successful.”


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Then the Queen went into detail about each component required to make her drop scones. A thicker variant of American pancakes, drop scones are made by dropping soft blobs of batter onto the griddle. She used two teacups of milk, two whole eggs, four teacups of flour, four tablespoons of powdered sugar, two teaspoons of baking soda, three teaspoons of cream of tartar, and two tablespoons of melted butter in her recipe. “Beat the eggs, sugar and about half the milk until foamy, add the flour and mix well, add the rest of the milk as required, add the baking soda and cream of tartar, and fold in the melted butter,” she explains in the letter.

Additionally, the Queen made sure she never left out a guide by offering the President a piece of wisdom as she prepared her delicious breakfast spread. “If it’s less, I generally add less flour and milk, but use different ingredients as directed. I’ve also tried using golden syrup or molasses instead of just sugar, and that can be very good too,” she added in the letter. The exquisite dish is enough for 16 people, so everyone can indulge themselves, she said at the end of her letter. And although the monarch showed she was a breakfast mistress, the pancakes appeared to be a sweet treat.

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